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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – Book 3 


Do not cast all hope away. Tomorrow is unknown. Rede oft is found in the rising of the sun. ··· Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man’s part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house. ··· Farewell and may you find what you seek! Return with what speed you may, and let our swords hereafter shine together! ··· There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark. ··· The enemies whom we pursued took captive two of my friends. In such need a man that has no horse will go on foot, and he will not ask for leave to follow the trail. Nor will he count the heads of the enemy save with a sword. ··· Do not be hasty, that is my motto. ··· I am honored by your confidence; but you should not be too free all at once. ··· Hill. Yes, that was it. But it is a hasty word for a thing that has stood here ever since this part of the world was shaped. ··· Still, we do what we can. We keep off strangers and the foolhardy; and we train and we teach, we walk and we weed. ··· Sheep get like shepherds and shepherds like sheep, it is said. ··· It is easier to shout stop! than to do it. ··· Few can foresee wither their road will lead them, till they come to its end. ··· I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to; the long explanations needed by the young are wearying. ··· He that strikes the first blow, if he strikes it hard enough, may need to strike no more. ··· It is a comfort not to be mistaken at all point. ··· A king will have his own way in his own hall, be it folly or wisdom. ··· Every man has something too dear to trust to another. ··· Ill news is an ill guest, they say. ··· In two ways may a man come with evil tidings. He may be a worker of evil; or he may be such as leaves well alone and comes only to bring aid in time of need. ··· Faithful heart may have froward tongue. ··· Receive now this cup and drink in happy hour. Health be with thee at they going and coming! ··· Oft the unbidden guest proves the best company. ··· Dawn is ever the hope of men. ··· The king stays or comes at his own will. ··· The guest who has escaped from the roof will think twice before he comes back in by the door. ··· The treacherous are ever distrustful. ··· When the plot is ripe it remains no longer secret. ··· Strange are the turns of fortune. Often does hatred hurt itself. ··· Things will go as they will and there is no need to hurry to meet them. ··· Oft evil will shall evil mar. ··· Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess ourselves. ··· The burned hand teaches best.